Gaten Matarazzo thinks ‘Stranger Things’ should have higher stakes and more deaths
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Gaten Matarazzo thinks 'Stranger Things' should have higher stakes and more deaths

Gaten Matarazzo has suggested that Stranger Things should remove the safety it affords to its main cast members and kill some of them off.

Ahead of the Netflix show’s fifth and final season, Matarazzo spoke on a panel at MegaCon Orlando. When a fan asked what the actor would change about the show, Matarazzo responded, “It might sound messed up, but we should kill more people,” via CBS

“This show would be so much better if the stakes were much higher,” he continued, “like at any moment any of these kids can kick it. I feel like we’re all too safe.”

The show has not killed off any of its main cast members since it first aired in 2016. The main group of friends, played by Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schrapp, have all remained in their roles with no real threat posed to their characters. 

Slightly older characters like Nancy, played by Natalia Dyer, and Jonathan, played by Charlie Heaton, have also stayed safe, alongside parental figures played by Winona Ryder and David Harbour. So far, the show has only dared to kill off supporting characters such as Barb in season one and Billy in season three. 

The Duffer brothers, who created the show, have previously spoken out about the potential for killing more main characters. “This is Hawkins, it’s not Westeros,” they once declared during an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, “The show becomes not Stranger Things anymore, because you do have to treat it realistically, right?”

After being delayed by strikes last year, the fifth and final season of the show recently began filming. Revisit the second volume of season four below.